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Mysterious Sticky Black Rain Falls in Michigan

If residents of Flint, Michigan, are looking for a place to move to (provided they can sell their lead-tainted houses), they probably should avoid traveling 65 miles down I-75 to Harrison Township to sip the clean waters of Lake St. Clair. Residents of Harrison are getting ready to flee their town as well unless someone can explain the mysterious sticky black rain that fell on their houses and cars this week.

Sticky black substance found on cars

Sticky black substance found on cars

The strange black rain occurred during the early morning hours on February 14th. Many fearful residents reported it to the fire department. Harrison Township Fire Department Chief Michael Lopez gave this analysis.

It was an ash type of substance with a little bit on an oily consistency to it. It appears to have fallen straight down. It does not appear to be a fuel substance at all and so we did confirm that but it appears as though it came from an aircraft but we haven’t confirmed that but we did turn it over to Selfridge to investigate.

The mysterious substance covered houses and the ground around them

The mysterious substance covered houses and the ground around them

Chief Lopez pointed out that only the tops of cars and houses were hit by the strange substance, implying that it was too heavy to be blown by the wind to spatter their sides or splash back up. The fire department reportedly did not do any chemical tests on the substance. The “Selfridge” the chief referred to is the nearby (two miles away) Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

There were definitely enough samples for a good analysis

There were definitely enough samples for a good analysis

There is no indication that the substance in question came from a military aircraft of any type. [We have] been in communication with the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, which was sending a representative to the area in question to review the material.

That was the official statement by a spokesperson from the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, passing the ball to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality which sent engineer Francisco Lim out on February 17th (four days after the black rain fell). What did he find?

I wouldn’t even hazard a guess because I don’t want to mislead anybody so the best way is to collect samples, send it to the lab and they tell us what it is.

What is the sinister substance that fell from the sky in Harrison Township?

What is this sinister substance that fell from the sky in Harrison Township?

“Hazard” may have been the correct word to use. Lim says it will take at least a week to hear back from the lab … meaning the residents of Harrison Township will have waited 11 days to find out if they can touch the black stuff stuck to their cars and houses and whether they should wear latex gloves or hazmat suits while cleaning it.

Lead in the water, black rain from the sky … what’s happening in Michigan?

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